Category: TechTourLIVE

TechTour LIVE rolling across the prairies

Spoiler alert: if you’re headed to TechTour LIVE in Red Deer on Thursday or Lethbridge on Friday, this post contains some highlights and a preview of what you can expect! The TechTour Live bus is rolling west across Western Canada, as the four-cities-in-four-days event tour hosted by RealAgriculture and Corteva Agriscience kicked off in Brandon… Read more »

Working smart: How to cut through tech distractions

Forget the standard five and 10-year outlooks of strategic planning. Instead, have you figured out where to best put your time in in a day? Whether or not you and your spouse are collaborating to your full potential? Is technology helping or hindering your farm operation? These are the kinds of questions Nick Bontis, professor of… Read more »

Build a legacy one decision at a time

If you’re five years away from stepping back from the day-to-day operation of your farm, you’re likely to make different management decisions than say when you were five years in to your farming journey. But it’s rare for a farm to have such a distinct start and end point — most farms are a blend… Read more »

TechTour Live returns to the prairies this March

RealAgriculture, in partnership with Dow AgroSciences, is pleased to announce the fourth annual TechTour Live. Inspired by the TechTour video series, the live tour will see members of the RealAgriculture team and speakers Nick Bontis, Bryce Eger, Tom Wolf, Jason Deveau and Carl Gould travel the prairie provinces for four one-day sessions in four days…. Read more »

Corn School: Knowing vs Hoping — Randy Dowdy’s Principles for Growing Record Yields

There are many aspects of farming that are beyond a farmer’s control (weather, markets…), but there are also variables that can be managed better than they have been in the past, according to the Georgia farmer who has set world corn and soybean yield records. “We make big yields and we blame the weather. We make… Read more »

Spring Harvest, Flattened Cereals & Surprising Optimism for ’17 — Sask. Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s a surprising amount of optimism among Western Canadian farmers heading into the 2017 seeding season (and in many cases, the conclusion of the 2016 harvest.) Jim Hale of Lancer, David Olson of Tisdale, and Trevor Scherman of Battleford, Saskatchewan joined Shaun following the TechTour Live… Read more »

Flood Risk, Tile Drainage, and Good Data — Manitoba Farmer Roundtable from TechTour Live

Despite a wet fall and the potential for flooding this spring, there’s definitely some optimism among Manitoba farmers heading into the 2017 planting season. Shaun sat down with three producers from across the southern portion of the province following the TechTour Live event in Brandon earlier this month. Kyle Friesen of Altona, Dwayne Leslie of Portage and Ron… Read more »

What Will Farmers Do When They No Longer Drive Tractors?

Think about how much time is spent driving on a farm. Sitting in a cab operating a truck or tractor is a fundamental part of what farming is today. So what would farmers do if they didn’t have to spend that time driving machines? As artificial intelligence advances and faster computing speeds enable machine-learning, driving… Read more »

RealAg Bookclub: Being Off Balance on Purpose

Are you searching for balance in your daily life? Have you found it? In this edition of the RealAg Bookclub podcast we’ll discuss the challenges of finding life balance with Dan Thurmon, author of Off Balance On Purpose. We find out how Thurmon seeks to free readers from the “balance” dilemma and empowers them to adopt a new approach… Read more »

Off Balance on Purpose: Dan Thurmon is Next Up on the RealAg Bookclub

Are you searching for balance in your daily life? Have you found it? We’ll explore that challenge in our next RealAg Bookclub podcast with Dan Thurmon, author of Off Balance On Purpose. In his book, Thurmon frees readers from the “balance” dilemma and empowers them to adopt a new approach to creating a happy, fulfilling… Read more »

Common Sense^2 — How to Apply Lean Principles to the Farm

What do you want to improve on your farm this spring? As part of TechTour LIVE last month, Rob Hannam of Synthesis Agri-Food Network encouraged farmers to apply “lean” principles to their farm operations. As he explains in the video below, “lean” is a philosophy for reducing loss and waste from a process. There are… Read more »

Please Forget These 7 Things Your Grandparents Taught You

A year ago we ran a post describing the grandparent wisdom you should never forget on the farm. This list of five things was very popular, even inspiring several additions to the list through reader emails, twitter and Facebook. All things are not golden though — it’s time to release the list of the things your grandparents… Read more »

Missed TechTour LIVE? Highlights and Haikus from the Four-City Tour

RealAgriculture hit the road in Western Canada over the last two weeks for the TechTour LIVE, visiting four cities — Lethbridge, Camrose, Saskatoon and Brandon. Hosted together with Dow AgroSciences, the idea behind each event was to inspire conversations about increasing farm productivity and thinking about how you can improve your farm business. If you weren’t… Read more »

TWORA — 59,000 Job Vacancies, Ag Safety Week & the Surging Loonie — Mar 17

A shortage of workers is limiting Canada’s economic potential, especially in agriculture. Annual farm cash receipt losses to Canadian producers due to job vacancies are $1.5 billion, according to a report released this week. Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne was the opening keynote speaker at the “Growing the AgriWorkforce Summit” in Winnipeg and he joins us… Read more »

AgNerds: Smart Watches, Holograms and the Future of Mobile Technology

Want to spot an uber-Apple lover? Check wrists. The Apple watch began shipping about two weeks ago, and for those willing to part with a starting price of $500 (CDN),  the status symbol offers wearers the ability to send everything from a simple text message to their heart beat, from their wrist (apparently provided there are… Read more »